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September 12, 2013
By CHUCK CRONIN , Weirton Daily Times

Enhance your vocabulary with these words, the last four suggested by Robert L. Loughhead, former President of Weirton Steel:

Acolyte - assistant to cleric.

Recalcitrance - defiance of authority.

Ogre - evil monster.

Eschatology - belief re death & after life.

Hedonism - doctrine emphasizing pleasure in life.

Ineffable - unable to be described in words.

Sophism - clever but flawed argument.

Many people look for words to live by. Such words can be found in various sources, such as the Bible, books, magazines, and noted speeches. Here's a powerful quote that might motivate you to start walking or working out: "Those who do not find time for exercise will have to find time for illness. "

Here is perhaps the best poem ever composed about baseball, even better than "Slide, Kelly, Slide." I found it in a book presented to me by John Ratkovitch, former payroll chief of Weirton Steel. The title is "Baseball's Sad Lexicon," by Franklin P. Adams. It's been around a long time, but is still good.

These are the saddest of possible words:

"Tinker to Evers to Chance."

Trio of bear cubs, and fleeter than birds,

Tinker and Evers and Chance.

Ruthlessly pricking our gonfalon bubble,

Making a Giant hit into a double -

Words that are heavy with nothing but trouble:

Tinker to Evers to Chance.

Our latest read was the 303-page history of "Grand Central," about the iconic Manhattan railroad mainstay. Thanks to Mike Check for loan of the book.

An old bromide, but eternally true: "A speech that's full of sparkling wit will keep its hearers grinning, provided that the end of it is close to the beginning!"

In some obscure flyer, I read that the huddle used in American football was invented at Gaulladet College, a university for the deaf in Washington, D.C., to prevent the opposing team from seeing their hand signals.

On a list of ways to be nicer, and feel good at the same time, was this: "Over-tip your waiter." Good suggestion.

I got a big kick out of the chairman at a committee meeting the other day. He said he didn't have an agenda, and added that an agenda is like a bra - it doesn't add anything, but it sure does organize what you have!

A well-stated American proverb: "I shall pass this way but once, any good, therefore, that I can do or any kindness that I can show to any human being, let me do it now. Let me not defer nor neglect it, for I shall not pass this way again."

Former quarterback Jack Thayer might like this: It is said that the motto kept in the office of George Halas, late head coach of the Chicago Bears was "always go to bed a winner."

And finally, remember this powerful thought of Cal Coolidge: "No person was ever honored for what he received. Honor has been the reward for what he gave."

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